On the TRACES project, participants from Togo and Germany searched for traces of the colonial era and incorporated their findings into two plays. They worked together on a reappraisal of history and towards SDG 16, “Peace, justice and strong institutions”.
During their project on the right to water, the girls from the German scout association St George and their peers from Association des Guides du Rwanda learned all about water consumption and resources.
What is Teams up! Youth Exchange for Sustainable Development?
The AGYO’s Teams up! programme promotes international extracurricular youth exchanges and related accompanying and model projects. It enables youth groups from Germany and African countries to work together on a project. In these projects, the young participants focus on one of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Why Teams up!?
Active partnership – in the spirit of the 2030 Agenda
Strengthening the commitment of young people to development policy
Intercultural exchange at eye level
Expansion of global partnerships
YOUTH EXCHANGE: STEP BY STEP
Our website and our funding guideline contain all relevant information about the aims and objectives of Teams up! Youth Exchange for Sustainable Development. If you are unsure whether your organisation or project fulfils the criteria, get in touch – we’ll be happy to advise you!
SET UP A PARTNERSHIP
Do you already have a partner organisation in an African country? Partner organisations must have non-profit status and their aims and activities should correspond to yours. A partnership is a prerequisite for receiving project funding.
DEVELOP A PROJECT IDEA
Join forces with your partner to develop a concept for your planned youth group exchange. What does it aim to achieve? Decide together which of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) your project should focus on.
Before you submit your project, your organisation needs to be evaluated and approved by Engagement Global’s Central Programme Service. Amongst other things, your non-profit status and creditworthiness are assessed. Organisations that have already been approved by Engagement Global in connection with another programme undergo a shorter evaluation.
SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION
Please submit your application on time, both electronically and by mail, to Engagement Global. Any necessary amendments to the application can be done electronically. We are happy to advise you on the application process.
WAIT FOR FEEDBACK
Your application is submitted for approval to the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) together with a letter of opinion by Engagement Global. Should approval be granted, we issue what is known as a on-lending agreement – and you’re all set!
In Germany, there is a great deal of voluntary civic action in the field of development cooperation. It is carried out by numerous individuals, each with their own story, and the transition to a world with more sustainability and more justice will only be possible with their action. Recognising this, Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has launched a new strategy to attract more people to volunteering and increase support for those already engaged in voluntary work.
Have you been part of a Teams up! exchange or Team works! assignment? Or do you know anyone who has participated? Do you think you have great ideas? Would you like to start a project/campaign in an African-German team and contribute to attaining the Sustainable Development Goals?
24 January saw Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), headed by Federal Minister Svenja Schulze, present its new Africa Strategy. It focuses on respectful cooperation with African countries and the sustainable development of the African continent. The AGYO will contribute to this aim in the area of “Promoting civil society engagement and youth”.
Just in time for the first door of the Advent calendar on December, 1st, the German-African Youth Office (AGYO) also opened its own doors into the social media world with its new Instagram channel, africangermanexchange_dajw. The main focus of the channel is to promote opportunities for young experts to volunteer in an African country with Team works!
All Teams up! exchange projects focus on one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Our project overview offers more detailed information on the projects we have funded so far. Maybe you’ll be inspired to create your own project!
END HUNGER, ACHIEVE FOOD SECURITY AND IMPROVED NUTRITION AND PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
In projects that focus on SDG 2, participants examine the challenges and solutions associated with global food security. Their work focuses on responsible consumption, sustainable production and local food production.
ENSURE INCLUSIVE AND EQUITABLE QUALITY EDUCATION AND PROMOTE LIFELONG LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL
Education is considered key to development. Projects on SDG 4, Quality Education, may focus on equal opportunities in the education field, which participants can examine through creative film and art projects.
ACHIEVE GENDER EQUALITY AND EMPOWER ALL WOMEN AND GIRLS
SDG 5 projects are all about women’s rights, women’s education and gender issues. Are you interested in working with your participants to empower girls and women? Read on for some ideas and suggestions.
ENSURE AVAILABILITY AND SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF WATER AND SANITATION FOR ALL
In projects on SDG 6, young people draw up concepts for the sustainable management of water, a scarce resource. For instance, an existing project involved girl guides from Rwanda and Germany discussing the use of water in their respective home countries and has led to further joint initiatives.
BUILD RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE, PROMOTE INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE INDUSTRIALISATION AND FOSTER INNOVATION
How do other countries approach innovation and infrastructure? In projects on SDG 9, the participants explore various partner countries’ approaches to these issues, for instance by producing a documentary.
PROTECT, RESTORE AND PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE USE OF TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS
Biodiversity and healthy ecosystems are vital to life on Earth. Projects on SDG 15 examine ways to protect global habitats. Workshops on environmental education can help to raise awareness of this issue among all generations.
PROMOTE PEACEFUL AND INCLUSIVE SOCIETIES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
In projects on SDG 16, participants work together for more peaceful coexistence. For instance, they debate discrimination as a global challenge or seek to encourage greater intercultural and international understanding.
STRENGTHEN THE MEANS OF IMPLEMENTATION AND REVITALIZE THE GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Global partnerships are the hallmark of our youth exchanges. Projects on SDG 17 take a theoretical and practical look at questions such as, “What are the SDGs?”, “What makes a strong partnership?”, “What problems still exist?” and “How can they be solved at the global level?” The aim is to promote partnerships between countries and the young participants – so they can work together to make a difference.
The project gave participants from the FARU Sports Foundation and Sand für Alle opportunity to find out more about Tanzania and Germany, play volleyball and meet new people - all while working together on SDG 5, “Gender equality”.
On the exchange programme between Suni e.V. and the Light for the Children Foundation, the focus was on enabling participants to find out about education systems and reflect on their own educational work.
In development exchanges, youth groups from Germany and African countries work together on a project that focuses on one of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Over a period of one to two years, the groups meet once in Germany, once in the partner country. These in-person meetings take place between the preparatory, mid-term and follow-up phase and are complemented by digital cooperation.
Improving quality – strengthening structures
Funding is available for accompanying projects with the aim of improving the quality of Teams up! and strengthening project partners and structures. The target groups include youth work, youth education and development cooperation organisations. Funding is available, inter alia, for quality assurance measures or activities to set up partnership-based structures.
Promoting ideas for development-oriented youth work
Model projects are centred around new approaches that are considered particularly relevant for development-oriented, international youth work and that can be transferred to other organisations. They include the development and enhancement of methods and concepts and the setup of structures such as networks or partnerships. Model projects are not subject to any restrictions in terms of age or group size.
Our project, which focused on art and culture, encouraged active participation in urban development and more civil society engagement in both countries. This powerful act of community building still connects us all, long after our project ended.
Melanga has not only taught me how you can grow food yourself- it has also helped me how to make a better living in the long run! It also taught me to eat healthier food and I found such great new friends!
One of the goals of the project was to gain an awareness of our own position in society. What privileges do I enjoy? Which do I use? Which power structures discriminate against me, and which power structures give voice to my actions and my words?
I’m now able to take care of the waste I generate. I’m able to dispose waste correctly. I’m able to advocate for children’s rights. I’m able to speak on behalf of children. In short, my behaviour has totally changed environment wise and in everything I do.
The exchange made me realise that no matter where in the world we are, we can and have to work together. It was encouraging to see that we all dream of the same things, even though we have different lifestyles and have grown up with different value systems.
I am participating in the exchange because I am passionate about making change in the community I am coming from. Being part of the exchange will help me to develop good skills on sustainability and I will be able to share with other young people who are not part of the exchange.
This is about questioning and changing our acquired and often discriminatory patterns of perception, thoughts and actions. It’s a never-ending process which, however, requires us to reflect on our own position and privileges.
I am more conscious of my consumption habits. Now I have a much better understanding of what “sustainability” means, also in my daily life. I question the way I shop and how I conduct myself. I never used to talk about this issue; today, I regularly talk about it with my friends and family.
By working together the way we do, we’re trying to pursue a vision that involves creating equality between North and South.
The exchange has enriched me with many new friends, experiences and adventures. It was a great opportunity to exchange our world views and to look beyond our own horizons.
Youth group exchanges across borders and continents are proven to have a strong impact on the lives of their young participants. They are an effective form of global learning.
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